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Car Wars | this.
In this work of speculative fiction author Cory Doctorow takes us into a near future where the roads are solely populated by self-driving cars.
ai  future  literature 
yesterday by janpeuker
Self-driving Uber kills Arizona woman in first fatal crash involving pedestrian | Technology | The Guardian
"An autonomous Uber car killed a woman in the street in Arizona, police said, in what appears to be the first reported fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian in the US.

Tempe police said the self-driving car was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash and that the vehicle hit a woman, who was walking outside of the crosswalk and later died at a hospital. There was a vehicle operator inside the car at the time of the crash.

Uber said in a statement on Twitter: “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.” A spokesman declined to comment further on the crash."

This is really worrying. Seems that the population of a city in the US have been opted into a trial of experimental life-threatening technology probably without their knowledge or explicit consent.

Blood on the hands of both Uber and the Governor of Arizona here.

I don't think there's any way to make a probabilistic learning algorithm safely deal with every eventuality that may occur on a public road on a real world city. I don't know how many more people need to be murdered by irresponsible programmers before Uber admit that.
technology  murder  death  cars  future  artificial  intelligence  uber  companies-not-to-trust  programming  usa 
yesterday by ssam
How Democracy Ends: Thinking the Unthinkable | CSAR
We are looking for the wrong thing if we look for markers of failure and historical precedent. More likely is the hollowing out of the institution until it is no longer functional. Maybe tech, maybe Trump-a-likes, maybe other things. Unlikely to be war, coups, revolution.
government  future  democracy  trumpxit 
yesterday by traggett
Pioneering OOH Nike shoppers can now test-run sneakers on a treadmill hooked up to a video game - Pioneering OOH
When you’re running on a treadmill like a compulsive little hamster, or just going about your daily business, you may imagine yourself as the star of your own modern Super Mario-style video game, bounding across a brightly colored screen and leaping dexterously over obstacles to rack up points.

But lucky folks in China have the chance to be just that, thanks to a delightful little stunt from Nike and Wieden + Kennedy Shanghai.
sportswear  retail  future 
yesterday by dancall
Technological Unemployment: Much More Than You Wanted To Know
"This is a very depressing conclusion. If technology didn’t cause problems, that would be great. If technology made lots of people unemployed, that would be hard to miss, and the government might eventually be willing to subsidize something like a universal basic income. But we won’t get that. We’ll just get people being pushed into worse and worse jobs, in a way that does not inspire widespread sympathy or collective action. The prospect of educational, social, or political intervention remains murky."
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yesterday by bankbryan
A Quantitative Analysis of the Impact of Arbitrary Blockchain Content on Bitcoin
Our analysis shows that certain content, e.g., illegal pornography,
can render the mere possession of a blockchain illegal. Based on
these insights, we conduct a thorough quantitative and qualitative analysis
of unintended content on Bitcoin’s blockchain. Although most data
originates from benign extensions to Bitcoin’s protocol, our analysis reveals
more than 1600 files on the blockchain, over 99 % of which are texts
or images. Among these files there is clearly objectionable content such
as links to child pornography, which is distributed to all Bitcoin participants.
With our analysis, we thus highlight the importance for future
blockchain designs to address the possibility of unintended data insertion
and protect blockchain users accordingly.

h/t 4 links
future  blockchain  dystopia  weekly 
yesterday by twwoodward
How memes became an agent of protest in 2018 | Dazed
Each new ad or campaign aimed at young people only serves as a reminder that adults don’t understand how to talk to us. (Why does everyone think we all care so much about avocados?) Nevertheless, America’s teens have proven this month that they can communicate with each other perfectly. Whatever …
Change  Flipboard  Future  Reclaiming-The-Future 
2 days ago by p-jo
State Looking to Require Cities to Plan for Rising Seas | San Francisco Public Press
As developers continue their scramble to build dozens of office complexes, housing developments and sports facilities bordering San Francisco Bay, a state-funded study recommends that local planners adopt a risk-averse approach to
sf  globalwarming  ocean  disaster  future 
2 days ago by schmacme
Blockchain-based Machine Learning Marketplaces – Fred Ehrsam – Medium
Allow people to share their data in a secure way (like differential privacy and locally-trained models) and then have providers to compete for recommendation engines for you and your personal preferences.

A well thought out potential to dislodge Google.

Question: does it really need blockchain to work?
blockchain  future 
2 days ago by traggett
Three thirds and decarbonisation
We're not far of three thirds: one third of global electricity from wind and solar, one third of vehicles will be electric and we will produce one third more GDP from every unit of energy (in 2040). Fascinating.
energy  future 
2 days ago by traggett
The President of Nowhere, USA - POLITICO Magazine
Through it all, Buttigieg established himself as a Democrat worth tracking, at a time when the party was desperate for fresh faces, particularly between the coasts. Howard Dean has called him “the face of the first global generation.” Frank Bruni, the New York Times columnist, wondered after a 2016 South Bend visit whether he had just met the country’s first gay president. And speaking to the New Yorker three weeks after Donald Trump was elected president, Barack Obama name-checked four gifted pols he trusted to lead Democrats into the suddenly terrifying future. Three were U.S. senators, all in their 50s. Then there was Buttigieg, a boyish municipal servant with a Maltese last name nobody can quite pronounce. (It’s Boot-edge-edge, though South Bend residents just call him Mayor Pete.)
***  future  trends  2017  politics  indiana  local.government 
2 days ago by gpe
Civil inattention - Wikipedia
Civil inattention is the process whereby strangers who are in close proximity demonstrate that they are aware of one another, without imposing on each other – a recognition of the claims of others to a public space, and of their own personal boundaries.[1]
good  future  horror 
3 days ago by rlacher

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